27 Different Types of Cichlids Rare & Common

Below is a list of 27 different types of Cichlids (with photos) found in the fishkeeping hobby, both rare & common.

African Butterfly Cichlid(Anomalochromis thomasi)
Banded Apistogramma(Apistogramma bitaeniata)
Blue Panda Apistogramma(Apistogramma panduro, Apistogramma pandurini)
Bolivian Ram Cichlid(Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)
Checkerboard Cichlid(Dicrossus filamentosus)
Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid(Apistogramma cacatuoides)
Convict Cichlid(Amatitlania nigrofasciata)
Discus(Symphysodon aequifasciatus, Symphysodon discus, Symphysodon)
Electric Blue Jack Dempsey(Rocio octofasciata cf)
Electric Blue Ram Cichlid(Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
Electric Yellow Cichlid(Labidochromis caeruleus)
Fairy Cichlid(Neolamprologus brichardi)
Firemouth Cichlid(Thorichthys meeki)
Flag Cichlid(Mesonauta Festivus)
Flowerhorn Cichlid(Cichlasomatinae)
German Blue Ram Cichlid(Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
Golden Mbuna Cichlid(Melanochromis auratus)
Jewel Cichlid(Hemichromis bimaculatus)
Kribensis Cichlid(Pelvicachromis Pulcher)
Lemon Cichlid(Neolamprologus leleupi)
Macmasters Apistogramma(Apistogramma macmasteri)
Marliers Julie(Julidochromis marlieri)
Parrot Cichlid(Amphilophus citrinellus + Vieja melanurus)
Rainbow Cichlid(Herotilapia multispinosa)
Redbreasted Acara(Laetacara dorsigera)
Redline Apistogramma(Apistogramma hongsloi)
Transvestite Dwarf Cichlid(Nanochromis transvestitus)

Frequently asked questions

Are Cichlids hard to keep?

If you lack the knowledge of how to care for a Cichlid properly, then you may have trouble keeping them in your tank. It is necessary to surround the Cichlid with warm water at a high pH level and feed it with speciality food explicitly designed for Cichlids. Your Cichlids will require a large tank with one or two good filters.

What is the lifespan of a Cichlid?

Your average Cichlid can live for anything up to 15 years, providing you keep them within the right water conditions and house them with the correct tank mates.

What size tank do cichlids need?

Your standard 10 cm Cichlid probably needs at least a 130-litre aquarium. At The same time, a 20 cm Cichlid will require at least a 250-litre aquarium. It would be better if you had 4 to 6 Cichlids in a single fish tank.

Why are my Cichlids so aggressive?

Compared to other popular fish species, Cichlids can be somewhat aggressive fish. Often an individual Cichlid will chase other fish and possibly even kill them. Why? This is probably because Cichlids live in a challenging world, and they have to be tenacious to breed and survive.

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